Included in this category of “i-Clinic” are
1) Urgent Care Clinic
2) Walk-In Clinic
3) STD Clinic
4) HIV Clinic
All four of these clinics basically can leverage the power of the internet in various ways, besides the abovementioned changes. There is no need to worry about appointments at the Urgent Care Clinics, as well as the Walk-In Clinics, but that does apply the latter two, or the STD Clinic, or the HIV Clinic. The STD Clinic can be located in very rural areas now, with the development of the Microscope Peripheral with the iPhone. Also, with the HIV Clinic, diagnosis by blood test is not yet come to Internet Medicine, but it undoubtedly will.
“UltraClinics” in Arizona Reduces time for Breast/Prostate r/o Cancer Work-up
UltraClinics, a telemedicine application service provider company based in Tucson, Arizona, and a spin-off company of the University of Arizona, has developed a process that drastically reduces the time it takes for breast care. During a single breast clinic visit, a woman can have a breast biopsy performed, receive a written laboratory report, and meet with a specialist by video-conferencing for breast cancer treatment planning, all in a single day. Previously, this multi-step process took anywhere from a week to over a month in many health care systems.
With the UltraClinics patent-pending process, the on-site biopsy and tissue processing are completed in a few hours. The biopsy glass slides are electronically scanned into digital image files using a DMetrix virtual slide scanner. A telepathologist at a service center, which can be located at any location with secure Internet access, examines the virtual slides at a computer workstation and immediately generates a diagnosis. If the diagnosis is cancer, the woman consults with a breast cancer specialist by video conferencing for treatment planning. Same day second opinions will be available from a panel of expert specialists using telepathology.
“The UltraClinics. process eliminates the agony women currently experience having to wait for a written laboratory report after having a biopsy and, if necessary, waiting to see a surgeon or oncologist,” according to Ronald S. Weinstein, M.D., Chairman of UltraClinics. “UltraClinics facilities can do it in a single day clinical visit,” said Weinstein. The UltraClinics process was implemented at University Physician Hospital in Tucson in 2005. “Patients have been more than pleased with the convenience and accuracy of the UltraClinics process,” according to Gail Barker, Ph.D., President of UltraClinics. “We envision the creation of a national UltraClinics service network. Timeliness of service should become an important measure of quality in health care,” said Barker.
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Internet Clinics in Texas, Utilizing Digital Tech
Multiple clinic locations plus online “virtual” technology allows patients 24/7 contact with their healthcare providers
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Since its establishment in 2002, Internet Medical Clinics has been combining traditional medical practices with a powerful web-based technology called the Virtual Healthcare Delivery System, we can provide our patients with exceptional levels of care, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – from anywhere in the world.